Can I Switch to Synthetic Oil?

Before deciding whether or not to convert to synthetic oil or even synthetic blend, you must research beforehand.

 

Synthetic oil is comprised of petroleum components along with organic and inorganic ingredients. These compounds are chemically engineered and are far more complex than the ones found in traditional oils. The additives in synthetic lubricants are purer and more consistent, which provide longevity between every oil change. Whereas the ingredients found in conventional oil are lower in quality, requiring more frequent oil changes.

 

Some individuals opt for semi-synthetic blends, which have components of both conventional and synthetic lubricants. However, these are still less pure and uniform than fully synthetic oils.

 

Did you know that more than 70% of new cars use synthetic or semi-synthetic oil than conventional oil? Most people tend to believe that synthetic oils lubricate engines more efficiently than conventional oils and synthetic blends. The other benefits of synthetic oils include:

  • It has long-lasting power, which means less frequent oil changes.
  • It promotes better horsepower.
  • It is oxidation-resistant.
  • It has been polished and engineered to decrease carbon deposits.
  • It holds better in extreme climates.

As you may have guessed, synthetic oil costs more than the other oil grades. The advantages mentioned above usually justify the extra charge to most people. However, it would help if you kept in mind that some older car models may not respond well to synthetic oils. You should always consult with your technician before making the switch. Also, it would help if you gave your owner's manual a read-through.

 

Converting to Synthetic Oil

For those individuals with more modern cars, switching to synthetic oil is an easy decision. The longer intervals ultimately make it a cost-effective solution that results in fewer oil changes. 

 

There are some key steps to take when making the conversion from conventional oil to synthetic oil. The first two oil changes that take place before the conversion should be a traditional and synthetic blend (semi-synthetic). Introducing the blended oil will help smoothen and ease the transition. Additionally, you should ensure the oil filter gets replaced. Synthetic oils might require a more robust filter since the intervals are longer. 

 

If you are due for an oil change and want to make a switch to synthetic oil, we invite you to bring your car to HCS Auto Repair today! Give us a call at (479) 316-3281 to speak to one of our team members today.

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